“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” —H. Jackson Brown Jr.
This semester has flown by! It is hard to believe that we have been here just a short three and a half months. So much has happened from exploring Vilnius, travelling to Russia, walking around the Old Towns of Riga and Tallinn, and everything in between.
I know when I was preparing to come on my study abroad trip, I had a few (not many things) in mind that I wanted to see and do while in Lithuania and Europe in general. My bucket list consisted of seeing the Baltic Sea, going to different coffee shops, and making it to Poland. I am happy to say that I have done all of these things! I can check them off of my bucket list!
Some others from our cohort have also been checking off items from their bucket list in terms of travel, going to local spots in Klaipeda, deepening relationships with others, and even growing as individuals. In terms of travel, our study abroad students have been to Sweden, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Poland, Hungary, Italy, Denmark and some even will be going to Germany, Norway, the Netherlands, and Greece by the time our semester ends or shortly thereafter.
Below are some adventures that our students have gone on to fulfill their bucket lists:
- Rachel: “Visiting Copenhagen has always been on my bucket list of places to travel to. Never in my wildest dreams did I think it would live up to the expectations I had of it.”
- Lauren: “Ever since I learned about Europe and Poland I’ve always wanted to go. I’m part Polish. So even though I don’t speak the language, I’ve always wanted to see Poland and learn about the culture. I’ve also wanted to see Auschwitz.”
- Erika: “To spend a sunny day experiencing Palanga and biking around, eating waffles.”
- Abby M.: “As cheesy as it sounds, one big thing on my bucket list was to go on some unplanned adventures alone. This picture is from one of those adventures, just a little walk to a park near LCC. It was small, but it felt so freeing to feel a bit of independence and just walk wherever I felt like going.”
- Abby H: “My cousin grew up in Amsterdam but she sent most of her summers in the US with my family. I told her when I was maybe 9 or 10 that I would visit her in Amsterdam some day and this weekend I am going.”
As you can tell, we are continuing to check things off of our bucket list, especially during this upcoming weekend. With our time coming to an end rather soon, I have made a list of all I want to do in Klaipeda! This weekend, I am going to look for the sculptures in the city, and hopefully by next week I will have seen the sunrise while drinking coffee in Old Town and the sunset on the beach.
It’s good to have a few things to look forward to during your semester here, but most of my goals I made during my time here. I am so excited to see and experience all of my favorite things in Klaipeda in the upcoming weeks!
Here’s to rewarding experiences filled with so many memories!